Thursday, May 27, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - May 2021

 

Dear Ministry Partners, 

House Church God continues to give us opportunities to share the gospel with people here in Atlanta. Recently I met Titus, a 35-year-old single man, at LA Fitness. He shared how both of his parents died of cancer when he was a child. Then he told me how unhappy he was living apart from God. “I prayed yesterday, God would you take control of my life.” We spoke about how to know God personally through faith in Christ and that salvation is not dependent on our good deeds. He listened intently! Danelle and I would like to have him over for dinner soon. This photo is of recent Sunday morning. We are discussing John 13. Our daughter Stephanie, far right, joined us. She and her husband, David, lead a house church in Virginia which is healthy and growing in love and commitment.





46 Years of Marriage I asked Danelle on May 10th if she would marry me again. She said yes! God united us in marriage on May 10th, 1975, and it has been fantastic! We were talking recently about how we are not the same two young people we were back then – not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. God has dramatically transformed our lives through our marriage, and we are the better for it! At our wedding we sang Psalm 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” Please pray this will continue to be our mission together!



Mother’s Fall
My dear mother, Alice, fell a week ago and had compression fractures. She has been in a lot of pain all week. Yesterday they did a Kyphoplasty procedure, injecting cement into the 3 fractured areas of her back. It provided immediate relief from some of the pain. Today she was cleared to enter a 24-hour rehab center. She will go there in a few days. We are trusting God to take care of her.



                                               Prayer & Praise                                                        

1. Atlanta Church - Pray for many people to come to Christ, including Tony, Diana, Jade, Ken, Titus, and Mandy. Ask God to move our hearts because time is running out as Jesus said, "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work." John 9:4   

2. Mother - Pray for Alice to heal, learn to walk safely, and be able to return home soon. She told me how grateful she is to be feeling better, able to walk again, and for more opportunities to love others!

3. Our Marriage - Pray for continued growth in our love for one another, our passion to share the gospel, and for wisdom to help others have Christ-centered marriages that will impact the world, starting at home.


Thank you for being our teammates!   

Steve & Danelle



                 
            

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com      

Monday, May 24, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - April 2021

 

* For some reason I forgot to publish this last month. Even thought some of this is old news, it is still encouraging and the prayer requests are still relevant. Thank you for giving my grace!

Dear Friends,

We have been putting this command into practice lately, “But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 NET Your prayers and gifts are making an eternal difference!

Atlanta House Church Our church is committed to life-style evangelism with neighbors and co-workers. Recently my beekeeping allowed me to meet Diana and Tony, who are engaged to be married in August. They came over for dinner last night, and both Danelle and myself shared how we came to know Christ personally. Two days ago, I was able to tell a young man named Chris that I befriended at LA Fitness, about the hope I have through Christ.

Pray for our church to care deeply about unbelievers and share Christ with them. Photo of Tony (right), with our old friend Bill Hollis, at Costco catching a swarm of bees (in the white box).



Pastors & Wives Conference -April 9-10 Danelle and I enjoyed our marriage conference. It is always helpful to stop and evaluate one’s relationship and make any heart changes God shows you. It was also a treat to be with so many dear friends who love the Lord and are committed to the Great Commission. Here we are pictured with Larry and Corey Messer from Gainesville, Florida.

 


                                          Prayer & Praise                                                                                        

1. Atlanta Church - Pray for many people to come to Christ, including Tony and Diana. Ask God to grip our hearts with His love for unbelievers so that we build friendships with them and help them find God.   

2. Our Family - Pray for our two sons-in-law who are interviewing for jobs. Pray for our daughter Merry who is expecting in August. Finally, pray for progress in the adoption of the twins. It is looking hopeful! 

3. Steve’s New Book - Pray for insight during the editing process and for attractive illustrations.

Thank you for being our teammates!   

Steve & Danelle


                             

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - March 2021

 

Dear Saints,

It is imperative that we know who we are in Christ so that we will live with courage in this fallen world. Paul addressed the Christians in Rome this way, “to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:7 May this truth cause you to live victoriously for Christ. Here are some recent victories we have experienced.





Mother’s Birthday My dear mother, Alice Marie Turnage Nelson, turned 95 this month! We thank God for her good health, sharp mind, and generous heart. Jesus lives in her as evidenced by her many loving deeds. Many of her family celebrated with her. She, Danelle, and I have also been vaccinated! Praise God!

Danelle & Grandchildren My beautiful wife and I will celebrate our 46th anniversary in May. God has been so good to us! She recently had injections in both of her knees with the hope that she can walk pain-free. Our youngest daughter, Merry, is expecting their second son in early August! That will give us 21 grandchildren. Therefore, we need to be healthy to be able to run around with this growing multitude!

Atlanta House Church & Family Our church is growing and continues to seek to know Christ and make him known in Atlanta. We see our devotion to one another getting stronger. Some members of our church, and our family, have major decisions to make. They need God’s wisdom and His provision.

Pastors & Wives Conference Danelle and I will join other leaders from the Southeast for a Couple’s Conference, April 9-10, at St. Simmons Island, GA. Pray for us and the speakers to hear from God.

                                             Prayer & Praise                                                                                       

 1. Atlanta Church & Our Family - Pray for the major decisions for God’s wisdom and provision.                         2. Danelle - Ask God to heal her and keep her encouraged no matter what the outcome.                              3. Pastor’s & Wives Conference (April 9-10) - Pray for refreshment and growth in our marriages.

Thank you for your prayers and support!    

Steve & Danelle

 

                             

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com       


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - February 2021

 Dear Ministry Friends,

We appreciate you! Here are some answers to your prayers for our recent work in the gospel…

Discover House Church (January 30th 10am) Our experiment to help the larger body of Christ was a success. We hosted a Zoom teaching called “Discovering Relational/House Church.” After I taught for 30 minutes, we fielded questions. The discussion was open, honest, and edifying with much participation. If you wish to watch it or pass it on to others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_SETxhwffA&t=6s

Gainesville Leaders Matt Gordon, in Gainesville, Florida, invited me to speak to their church leaders about how I became a pastor. I shared what God did in my life 43 years ago - taking an immature young man and raising him up to shepherd God’s people. It encouraged me too, as I recalled what God did in my life. There are many others, especially my wife, who patiently helped me mature over the years. Then I answered a few questions. I was thankful for the opportunity to serve, even if it was not in person.


Twins Adoption Grace and Ward now have an adoption lawyer and things are progressing, albeit slowly. Pray for the completion of the Social Security paperwork necessary to finalize the adoption.

                                           

Prayer & Praise                                                                                   

1. Discover House Church Meeting - Pray for God to use the recording to help others understand house church. Pray for Ken, an old friend from Clemson, who has joined our church because of this outreach.  

2. Twins - Ask God to bless Grace and Ward with closure on adopting the twins next month!             

3. Southeast Churches - Pray for the churches we serve in the Southeast to keep growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ, sharing the gospel, and increasing in their love for one another.


Thank you for your hearts for God!    

Steve & Danelle

 


                             

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - January 2021

 Dear Ministry Partners,

Thank you for your faithful and generous support of our ministry! Your prayers make all the difference in our work. That is why we publish our monthly letter with current needs and gospel opportunities.

Discover House Church (January 30th 10am)  This Saturday at 10am we are hosting a Zoom meeting for anyone interested in discovering more about House/Relational Church. We will host an hour meeting with teaching about how to be the church on mission with each person following Jesus and learning how to love one another, serve one another, build up one another, and encourage one another. If you, or someone you know, wants to participate, please use this link. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82865228086. Meeting ID: 828 6522 8086 Passcode: 238401

Twins Adoption  After 18 months of fostering, Grace and Ward have been given new hope in the adoption of the twins. Their mother signed over her rights and said she is very thankful the boys will have such good parents and be raised in a Christian home. Pray for the final paperwork to be completed soon.

New Book  Steve is writing a new book about the value of a good work ethic and how to help adults, as well as children and teenagers, embrace God’s eternal values for their lives. Please pray for the grace to be disciplined and for the Holy Spirit to inspire him as he writes. Thank you.

Prayer & Praise

1. Discover House Church (Zoom Meeting) - Pray for God to bring the attendees, and for those of us who will be leading to have God’s wisdom and meet the needs as we answer their questions.

 

2. Twins - Ask God to bless Grace and Ward with closure on adopting the twins in February!

 

3. New Members - Pray for the new people gathering with our church to catch God’s vision of every member a minister, lifestyle evangelism, and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

4. New Book - Please ask God to help Steve write this book with a view to inspire many embrace work!

 

Thank you for being our team in the gospel!

 

Steve & Danelle            

                                                              

                                                         

 

                             

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com

Friday, December 11, 2020

Nelson Newsletter - December 2020

 

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

Dear Friends,

The angel announced the birth of Christ, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10 



Our world is in desperate need of this good news, and we have the honor of bringing it to them! Thank you for enabling Danelle and I to bring Christ the Lord to many this year through your gifts, prayers, and encouragement!



House Churches: In Atlanta we continue to meet outside as temperatures drop. We are thankful for the new folks (on the far right & left) who have joined us this fall. They have hearts to know Christ and make Him known. Their faith has encouraged us in the same way the faith of the Christians in Rome did for Paul, “When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” Romans 1:12 NLT We thought your faith would be strengthened by reading Eric’s inspiring testimony (on the back). Eric and Sarah’s family are a vital part of our church.

The churches in St. Petersburg, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina continue to faithfully follow the Lord even with various challenges. We long to be with them, but we stay in contact by phone until we can. Let’s all pray that 2021 allows more face to face contact!

Granddad’s Animal Adventures Recommendation: Our good friend Claire posted this on social media recently. “A great friend of ours wrote this book and we’ve so enjoyed reading it together.  It’s a collection of 18 short stories about Steve’s childhood adventures growing up in Appalachia with a small Bible truth woven in at the end of each one.  “I decided to sit down on a large rock. The rock moved! I jumped up, frightened and trying to understand what was going on.”😳!!! If you have kids or want to buy a gift for someone with children, I would highly recommend this book.  We read one at a time the kids consistently beg for another.” It is now 24 stories and is available in hardcover, as well as paperback and e-book. To purchase a few copies for your children, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces for Christmas gifts, please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/y67ys3bx, or find it on Amazon.





Prayer & Praise

1. House Churches Pray we would continue building relationships with unbelievers - especially Jack @ LA Fitness and Lev in North Carolina, who is from Kazakhstan and has been here only 2 months. Both are reading Secure In An Insecure World! Pray for the churches in Raleigh and St. Pete to persevere in reaching unbelievers and encourage one another in the power of the Spirit, relying on God’s grace.

 

2. Granddad’s Animal Adventures Ask God to use Steve’s book to bring many children to know Jesus!

 

3. Family Ask God to give us quality time with our children & grandchildren over the holidays. We hope to have everyone together (outside!!) for Christmas! Pray for warm weather and our health.

 

4. Year-End Giving Please consider a special gift for our work in evangelism and discipleship. We understand it has been a financially stressful year for many of you, so please do not feel obligated, but your prayers are coveted and needed. Thank you so much to each of your who makes our work possible!

 

You can give electronically: https://reliant.org/steve.nelson or mail your gift to Reliant at the address below. If you have any questions about how to give, please contact us. steve.nelson@reliant.org

 

 

Thank you for your love, prayers, and support!

 

Steve & Danelle            

                                                               

 



                                      Steve, Julie, Rich, Eric & Sarah @ Hogpen Hill Climb (many years ago)

 

Eric Morris’ Testimony

  I can almost feel the desert sun on my back.  My mind goes back over miles and years to a place and time of peace. As a young man each mountain is full of promise and I run up hoping to catch a glimpse of the next peak in the distance.  The air is thin but cool and refreshes my lungs with the scent of pinon sap.  I think of God and the majesty of creation, just a dim reflection of His glory.  A small mule deer leaps into focus, surprising me even as he starts and freezes in the path, noticing me.  For an instant, our eyes lock and I see no fear, only understanding.  He sees a predator, lean and hungry - but he too is young and fast and knows that I will not catch him today.  I see a fellow animal, driven perpetually by unforgiving calculations of nature. Fight to eat, strive to reproduce, ultimately succumb to make room for those more exquisitely adapted to a changing world.  At one time, my own motivations were hardly more complex; I chased whatever I thought would satisfy me - knowledge, career, money, parties, women.  My selfish actions brought a mixture a failure and success, but also a grown sense of unease.  Where was the happiness that should come from getting what I want?  In a remote but insistent corner of my mind, the specter of my own mortality lurked.  Like the deer, one day I won't be fast enough.  What was the point of it all, anyway?  I had forgotten the god of my childhood - a remote and austere law bringer, who was primarily concerned with ruining half of every weekend and enforcing the world-famous Scots-Irish work ethic.

Thankfully, God had not forgotten me.  During my increasingly erratic behavior, He brought people of peace into my life.  The loud-mouthed track star from rural Georgia who would not stop talking about Jesus.  The pastor's daughter who convinced me to come to bible study (they were ordering pizza, after all).  The campus preacher and missionary, willing to be my friend and mentor despite my ambivalent brand of agnosticism.  The beautiful but elusive blond who once sold (scalped) me football tickets and would later become my wife.  As I spent more time in the orbit of this community of believers, I began to feel the presence of another person.  Although I could not see Him, my friends helped me understand that Jesus Christ wanted me to get to know Him too.  This was a hard concept for me to grasp.  How could a being who oversees the universe and everything in it, want to have a relationship with one man?  That seems like the epitome of bad management strategy.  There is a story in John 4 about Jesus talking with a woman who is filling up a water jug at the town well.  The woman is a foreigner and has lived a sinful life.  Jesus says "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life".  This passage helped me understand Jesus's heart - he wants me to accept the free gift he is giving, which will not only redeem me from spiritual death, but also fulfill me completely.  I confessed my sins to God and asked Jesus to be my savior and king in my third year of college.

Like my jog in the New Mexico hills, my faith journey has not always been easy.  There have been times of questioning interspersed with times of peace.  I often feel most connected with God and pray most easily out in nature away from the concerns of day to day life.  He has been teaching me how faithful for nearly 20 years now.  Early in my life as a believer, I traveled to Ukraine with a group of friends on a two-week mission trip.  We taught English and shared stories from the bible in pairs, which was a daunting task for me due to a fear of public speaking.  My teaching partner was a younger sister in Christ.  When I saw how confidently she shared her faith with people from another culture (and mostly much older), I could see God working through her, and understood that if I put my faith in Him, I would be able to do the same.  I prayed constantly those two weeks, and God gave me the ability to share effectively and even make friends with some of our students.  My wife and I how now been married for 15 years and have 3 kids aged 8-12.  Being a husband and father is an awesome blessing in many ways, and a challenge to continue moving away from my selfish past.  God is using my family to help me mature in faith, since he is a perfect Father whose example I can strive to follow day to day.  The words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians encourage me: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."              

                                                                    

 


                             

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Nelson Newsletter - November 2020

 

“But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” Acts 8:4

Dear fellow Americans, 

Recently we performed our sacred duty and exercised the privilege of self-governance by voting for those we wanted to represent us in government. We have so much to be grateful for as Americans - including the right to vote.

We enjoy many freedoms in America, including religious freedom. We have been free to gather with others to worship God without government control. On the other hand, Christians have been persecuted throughout history, with their rights being violated and, at times, even being killed. The early church suffered violent persecution for Christ as He warned, “You will be hated by all people because of My name.” Luke 21:17 How did they respond to persecution? Did they abandon their faith in God under threats of torture and prison? No, they stood strong, strengthened by the Holy Spirit. “You shall you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.”  Acts 1:8 They stood together and continued their mission after being scattered they “preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” May we be inspired by their example, and by God’s love for us, to preach the Good News!

Atlanta House Church – We have been reading and discussing Fathered by God during our men’s meetings. John Eldridge’s book has stimulated our minds and hearts and the fellowship has been rich. We have had a new couple meeting with us this past month. I met the husband about 5 years ago when he came over to purchase honey. He was raised Jewish, but he asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior 2 years ago! God answered our prayers! A lesson to learn: Relationships with unbelievers often take time to build trust, which is often essential to their trusting Christ as their Savior and Lord.


We are still meeting together outside. The cold weather will make things interesting. Time to be creative!




Regional Ministry Our Pastor’s Conference last month was on Zoom for the first time. We could all say, “2020 Zoomed By!” A year we will never forget! And we still have one more month. 😉 Some leaders chose to attend in person in Jacksonville, Florida. All our hearts connected through prayer, fellowship, and meaningful teaching. Pray for our churches to minister creatively to one another and unbelievers during this challenging times.  

Wilhelmina Good news! Our granddaughter’s latest bloodwork revealed no cancer! She is learning to use a prosthesis, even kicking the soccer ball. Beatrix, her four-month-old baby sister, has been cleared for adoption, which is scheduled for December! The extended family is rejoicing in God’s kindness!

Granddad’s Animal Adventures is now available in hardcover, as well as paperback and e-book. Children can learn valuable lessons about God's love, prayer, faith, friendships, how to handle failure, and more through Steve’s fun and bizarre adventures in God’s creation. You may want to purchase a few copies for your children, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces for Christmas gifts! If so, please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/y67ys3bx or find it on Amazon.

  

Prayer & Praise

1. Atlanta House Church Pray we would continue building relationships with unbelievers and assimilate new Christians into our spiritual family.

 

2. Our Country Pray for revival in America…beginning with us – God’s church!

 

3. Grandparents Ask God to give us quality time with our children & grandchildren over the holidays.

 

4. Year-End Giving Please consider a special gift for our work in evangelism and discipleship. We understand it has been a financially stressful year for many of you, so please do not feel obligated, but your prayers are coveted and needed. Thank you so much to each of your who makes our work possible!

 

You can give electronically: https://reliant.org/steve.nelson or mail your gift to Reliant at the address below. If you have any questions about how to give, please contact us. steve.nelson@reliant.org

 

 

Thank you for your love, prayers, and support!

 

 

Steve & Danelle            






            
            

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com